Broward County Festivals & Fairs

2016 Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival

2016 Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Parade & FestivalSaturday, March 12, 11am-8pm – Huizenga Plaza, Las Olas Boulevard & S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

Get ready to paint the town green! On Saturday, March 12th, the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival returns to the streets of downtown featuring fun and excitement for the entire family! This free event has quickly grown into one of Fort Lauderdale’s largest and most anticipated festivals, attracting thousands of spectators for a one-of-a-kind celebration of all things Irish.

This year, the pageantry and excitement begins bright and early at 7:30 am with the Celtic 4 Miler, a four mile run featuring thousands of runners clad in green racing down Las Olas to the Intracoastal Bridge and back.  The Celtic 4 Miler will be followed by a 2 Mile “Stretch of the Legs” Walk and a Kids “Catch the Leprechaun and his pot of Gold” 1 mile fun run.

Festivities continue throughout the morning at Huizenga Plaza with live music from the Joe Dougherty Band, a high school drum line competition, and plenty of fun and games for the kids.  At 11 am, join Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler for official welcome and a traditional Irish Blessing, then it’s time for the largest St. Patrick’s Parade in South Florida.

The St. Patrick’s Parade begins at noon and travels west along Las Olas Boulevard from S.E. 5th Avenue to Las Olas Riverfront.  The colorful parade will feature more than 100 decorative floats, pipe and drum corps, classic automobiles, bagpipers, marching bands, animals, Irish dancers, street performers, scout troops, local sports teams, Veterans groups and, for the first time, the legendary Wells Fargo Stagecoach!

Following the parade, stick around for the best Irish celebration in town at the St. Patrick’s Festival, which runs until 7:00 pm at Huizenga Plaza and along the Riverwalk.  Highlights will include live bands, Irish dancers, interactive entertainment, and cultural attractions.  Featured performers include: Celtic Bridge, Kelly School of Irish Dance, American Legion Symphonic Band, Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance, Fineans, Ciaran Soden Irish Singers, Drake School of Irish Dance, and more! #StPatriksDay @StPatsFtL